Students, Scientists Mind Meld at JPL Science Fair Showcase
More than 50 students from schools across Los Angeles County took their science experiments and engineering designs on the road on Tuesday for the opportunity to display their work during a science fair showcase at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Students as young as 11 filed into JPL’s von Karman auditorium, eager to speak with professional scientists and engineers about their projects, which examined questions like: Could a solar oven be an effective cooking tool? How well does the human eye adjust to light? Is hagfish slime an efficient material for cleaning up oil spills? And how do different building bracing systems stand up in an earthquake?
JPL’s chief scientist, Dan McCleese, who oversees the laboratory’s research programs, met with students about their projects to offer feedback and encouragement. Learn more by clicking here
Fair Photos Are Ready For Download!
Click here to view and download 2015 Student Winner Portraits for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Category Winners and Special Award Winners on our Shutterfly Account.
Click below to access the Nathan Nowack (our portrait photographer) gallery of award winners, with the ability to purchase prints. Please feel free to share! http://gallery.nathannowack.com/lasciencefair/
Click below to view all the albums created for the 2015 LACSEF:
- 2015 Student Winner Portraits
- 2015 Senior Projects with Displays
- 2015 Junior Projects with Displays (more coming daily!)
- 2015 “At the Fair” photos
- 2015 Interactive Exhibits
- 2015 Judging photos
The Competition’s over…at least until NEXT year!
Thank you students, teachers, parents, judges, volunteers and sponsors for making this one of the largest, most energetic and fun-filled fair ever! 1007 students participated in interviews, Interactive STEM Exhibits, and received over $40,000 in cash awards, scientific expeditions, scholarships, internships and special opportunities for all their hard effort. 104 students will be going on to the CA State Science Fair in May. Two students will be representing Los Angeles County at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May. ALL our students are already helping to Build a Better Future! See you in 2016!
LA County Science Fair dates for 2016: March 17-19th
The Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair provides a yearly setting for middle and high school students to show off their investigative skills and creativity to compete for medals, special awards and scholarships. Students not only receive recognition for their projects but the Science Fair nurtures student interest in various scientific and engineering fields.
The fair, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the western U.S., will bring together over 1,000 student participants from private and public schools throughout the county during its March 17-19, 2016 run at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of a core group of educators and school volunteers, parents, scientists, engineers, business and corporate leaders, including staff from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair will be once again presented in fine style!
Recent large donations from forward-thinking companies such as SpaceX, Edison International, Northrup Grumman, the Southern California Gas Company, the Professional Engineers in California Government, and the generosity of 1st District Supervisor Hilda Solis has allowed the fair to continue in a tight economic climate. Over 200 people around the world and in other states also made individual donations through PayPal to support the kind of project-based learning and inquiry approach needed for successful student research.
In keeping with the fair’s tradition of lavish recognition, there are scores of medals, special awards and scholarships handed out to those students whose projects are judged as the best in their category.
The sweepstakes winners and other top finishers advance to the California State Science Fair being held May 18-19, 2015 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. After the fair, check out our awesome winners on our special CA State Science Fair webpage!
In late August, the 2015-16 Sci Fair Bulletin with information and deadlines will be sent to every public and private middle and high school in Los Angeles County. This information is also posted on our website. Science instructors/site coordinators are given all the necessary information about:
- how to register for the Science Fair
- project categories
- information about the judging process and
- rules of projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, tissue/cell lines, hazardous materials and microbes.
The Science Fair Committee also presents several teacher-training workshops for both new and experienced teachers. Workshop participants can learn about Science Fair procedures, rules and regulations and have questions answered by experienced Science Fair staff. A CD with PowerPoints for in-class presentation and resources for experimentation and displays is also given to each workshop participant. These PowerPoints are also available for download on our Students/Project Resources subpage.
From October to March, reminders about upcoming Science Fair deadlines are sent out via e-mail and website posts for all schools registered with the Los Angeles County Science Fair.
The Science Fair Committee holds a Pre-Approval for projects screening session for projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, tissues/cell lines, hazardous materials and microbes to make certain that these particular projects comply with Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair rules and regulations and the California Education Code. If a project is missing information from the submitted paperwork, the student is given an opportunity to revise the project/paperwork and resubmit for approval and participation in the Science Fair.
Once Science Fair projects are underway at the participating schools, Science Fair coordinators are available to teachers, parents and students to answer any questions that might arise (click on the pull-down menu for additional support pages.)
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